Rep. Robin Kelly’s report is first-ever Congressional report on gun violence, includes solutions from Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Washington, DC—With the first-ever Congressional report on gun violence, released today by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence is proud to have its innovative recommendations included among the country’s leading names in gun violence prevention.

Kelly’s report includes a summary of the Ed Fund’s report released in October 2013, “Justice Denied: The Case Against Gun Industry Immunity.” The report exposes the unprecedented legal immunity provided to the gun industry by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, details the practical effect of the law on actual court cases, and provides potential solutions to the problems the law has created. The summary begins on page 43 of Kelly’s report.

Kelly’s report puts forward comprehensive legislative and public policy steps to improve upon the unacceptable status quo. One major policy recommendations comes from the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, a group of mental health and public health experts, including the Ed Fund’s executive director Josh Horwitz and Virginia state director Lori Haas. The Consortium was convened by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence and issued reports late last year to state and federal policy makers making the case for strengthening gun purchase and possession laws to restrict potentially dangerous individuals from having firearms. The discussion of the Consortium’s evidence-based approach for policy begins on page 55 of the Kelly report.

“It’s great to be included among such inspiring gun violence prevention advocates,” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. “We pride ourselves on developing innovative new strategies to move the movement forward during times of gridlock.

“We hope Congresswoman Kelly’s report, which is solution-oriented, can help demonstrate to her fellow Members of Congress—and policymakers at all levels—the necessary tangible steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence,” added Horwitz.  “If we work together and reject radicalism in the gun debate, American families and communities can be safer and have the tools they need to prevent violence.”

The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) is the 501(c)(3) sister organization of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. The organization has engaged in a number of successful public education campaigns over the years aimed at reducing gun death and injury. The Ed Fund can be found on Twitter.